Using federal funds, the S.C. Department of Public Safety has awarded 15 new police vehicles to 15 police agencies around the state.
The new cars - which will be used to help crack down on drunken and drug-impaired drivers in the holiday season - will be fitted with special siren and light police packages. Among the agencies getting either a new Dodge Charger or a Chevrolet Tahoe are the Lexington County Sheriff's Department and the Benedict College police department.
During DPS' Sober or Slammer! Christmas/New Year's holiday period from Dec. 12, 2008, to Jan. 1, 2009, 21 people were killed in DUI-related crashes. Impaired driving remains the top cause of traffic fatalities in South Carolina.
The grants for the new cars are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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